A basketball development initiative was kicked off by one of Liberia leading basketball team ,Flames . President of Liberia Basketball Association 1stDivision club Flames, Calvin Diggs has extended a youth basketball training initiative to Grand Bassa County.
Flames was in the port city of Buchanan, where he organized a basketball training clinic for several children in Grand Bassa County. In all, over 100 children came together both male and female kids between the ages of 15-18. The training clinic was on some of the basic rules of basketball. Leading the training was Mr. Diggs, with both practical play and discussion with the kids.
Meanwhile, some old and few new free agent basketballers of Flames played a friendly encounter against the Grand Bassa County basketball team.
Speaking in an interview with a local online site , Mr Diggs explained the importance of the training in Bassa and other counties.” the training was intended to ensure that basketball is taken outside of Montsereado County, through the engagement of ‘Flames’, basketball, as well as to provide more young people with the opportunity to learn the sport.” According to him, the training provided kids with the opportunity to see and play with some of the big guys playing in the Liberian Basketball league.
He further explained that as soon as the government left the ban on public gathering, his team will visit Bassa and other places every Saturday as a way of teaching young people the sport.
According to him, he will run the training in two phases, which include the training of coaches and high students.The event also attracted some basketball lovers of who showed up to witness the training and the friendly encounter, they were excited by the initiative of Mr. Diggs and the Flames Basketball for taking the basketball outside of Montserrado for the first time in many years.
Also making a remark Vice-President of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), J. Emmanuel Potter explained that the initiative by Mr. Diggs as meaningful, impactful and is something that will help improve the skills of the new generation of Liberian basketballers. He further encouraged many Liberians to get involve and emulate what Diggs is doing, the sports sector of the country will improve greatly.